Samoa stands out in Las Vegas parade

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The Samoa Sevens rugby team makes an appearance on stage at the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.

The Samoa Sevens rugby team makes an appearance on stage at the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo: James Atoa/Samoa Observer)

The Manu Samoa Sevens are ready for today’s Las Vegas Sevens tournament after the team played a starring role in the tournament’s opening parade overnight.

Superbly led by a chiseled warrior sporting the traditional Samoan tatau, he was followed by Sir Gordon Tietjens, captain Tila Mealoi and the rest of the squad who waved and posed for photos with the Vegas crowd.

The colourful “Parade of Nations” was held at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas.

Thousands of rugby fans cheer for Samoa Sevens team during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Thousands of rugby fans cheer for Samoa Sevens team during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Samoa's Murphy Paulo during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Samoa's Murphy Paulo during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
David Afamasaga of Samoa walks with teammates during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
David Afamasaga of Samoa walks with teammates during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Tom Iosefo and his Samoa Sevens teammates greet fans during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Tom Iosefo and his Samoa Sevens teammates greet fans during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Gordon Langkilde of Samoa walks with teammates during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Gordon Langkilde of Samoa walks with teammates during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Samoa Sevens rugby coaches walking with the team during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Samoa Sevens rugby coaches walking with the team during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Murphy Paulo, Alatasi Tupou and Elisapeta Alofipo lead team Samoa during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Murphy Paulo, Alatasi Tupou and Elisapeta Alofipo lead team Samoa during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Laaloi Leilua of Samoa makes an appearance at the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Laaloi Leilua of Samoa makes an appearance at the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Silao Nonu Talimao (left) and Jacob Ale (middle) of Samoa walk with teammates during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Silao Nonu Talimao (left) and Jacob Ale (middle) of Samoa walk with teammates during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Tila Mealoi of Samoa walks with teammates during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Tila Mealoi of Samoa walks with teammates during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Tomasi Alosio of Samoa makes an appearance at the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Tomasi Alosio of Samoa makes an appearance at the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Joe Perez (middle) of Samoa walks with teammates during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Joe Perez (middle) of Samoa walks with teammates during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Hio Pelesasa performs on stage during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Hio Pelesasa performs on stage during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Hio Pelesasa performs the 'Siva Tau' on stage during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Hio Pelesasa performs the 'Siva Tau' on stage during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
The Samoa Sevens team flag bearer waves the Samoa and American Samoa flags on stage during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Obs
The Samoa Sevens team flag bearer waves the Samoa and American Samoa flags on stage during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Obs
The Samoa Sevens rugby team makes an appearance on stage at the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
The Samoa Sevens rugby team makes an appearance on stage at the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
The Samoa Sevens rugby team waves to fans while being introduced on stage during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
The Samoa Sevens rugby team waves to fans while being introduced on stage during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Rugby fans cheering for teams on stage during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Rugby fans cheering for teams on stage during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Former University of Las Vegas and NFL running back Frank Summers (middle) makes an appearance during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa
Former University of Las Vegas and NFL running back Frank Summers (middle) makes an appearance during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa
Model and actor Hio Pelesasa (right) and friends dressed in traditional Samoan wear pose for a photo at the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James At
Model and actor Hio Pelesasa (right) and friends dressed in traditional Samoan wear pose for a photo at the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James At
Sevens rugby legend Waisale Serevi and Samoa Sevens rugby head coach Gordon Tietjens pose for a photo before the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by Jam
Sevens rugby legend Waisale Serevi and Samoa Sevens rugby head coach Gordon Tietjens pose for a photo before the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by Jam
Hio Pelesasa leads the Samoa Sevens rugby team during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Hio Pelesasa leads the Samoa Sevens rugby team during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Two young ladies dressed in traditional Taupou costumes lead the Samoa Sevens rugby team during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samo
Two young ladies dressed in traditional Taupou costumes lead the Samoa Sevens rugby team during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samo
Samoa Sevens rugby team greetings fans during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)
Samoa Sevens rugby team greetings fans during the 2018 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament Parade of Nations at Fremont Street Experience, March 1st, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. (photo by James Atoa/ Samoa Observer)

Fans saw their favorite men’s and women’s rugby stars walk down the red carpet to officially kick off the games.

Samoa’s first games are this afternoon against the host nation, U.S.A. and Spain.

Our photographer in Las Vegas, James Atoa, captured the moment in these pictures:

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